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Welcome back after a rather chilly half term!  We hope you and your children are all raring to go for another fun filled half term.
Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running our family lunches for Year 1 on Wednesday 21st March from 12.20pm.  On this day 30 of our Year 1 children can bring along one adult family member to enjoy a school dinner with them for just £3.50.  Children's lunches at £2.20 are to be paid for in the usual way and both adult and child must have a school dinner to be included.  Mrs Middleton and her team will be cooking one of their delicious roasts, so places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis will no doubt be snapped up quickly!  If you'd like to book your place please make a payment on School Gateway under 'Family Lunch'.  Once the 30 available places have been taken, it will not be possible to make a payment.  If you have made a payment, you can be assured that you have reserved a place.
World Book Day Thursday 1st March 2018
We will be celebrating World Book Day as usual next week, by giving out the £1 vouchers that can be used to buy a special edition £1 book or to discount a book or audio tape at participating retailers (including WHSmith and Waterstone.)  Please look for these in your child’s bag and make sure they are redeemed by 25th March.

In Early Years children are invited to bring in a book from home which will be shared in class and returned at the end of the week.  In Nursery the theme is “Wheels” and in Reception it is “Transport.”  Please make sure your child’s book has their name inside the front cover.  Mrs Shooter will be visiting her old friends in Reception to read them a story and Mrs Dawson and Mrs DaCosta will be telling stories to the Nursery children on Tuesday and Thursday.

In Years One to Four children are invited to bring one or two books that they no longer need, to take to a book swap.  Class teachers will take them down to the book swap in the hall during the morning of Thursday 1st March, so they should come home with a pre-owned book that another child has donated.  Staff will also be swapping classes during the week to share stories with other children, which is a lovely way to get to know children throughout the school.  Remind your child to make sure they make a good first impression!

We will not be dressing up on the day, although class teachers may have their own arrangements for book related work in school or special homework.  The kitchen staff will be joining in the fun with a tasty “Cloudy with a chance of meatballs” main course, and “Fairy Godmother bread” with milk shake for pudding.
Year 4 - Swaledale
There are still some outstanding deposits and first installments for the Year 4 trip to Swaledale in May.  School have already paid for much of the cost of the trip in advance, so please could you arrange to pay these as soon as possible.  Just a reminder that the second and final installment is due on 1st March.  Many thanks.
One of our Year 4 girls is cutting her hair which she is going to donate to the Little Princess Trust.  If you would like to make a donation, please put it into a sealed envelope marked Little Princess Trust and leave it at the office.  We will then pass it on to this amazing little girl.  Many thanks
We now have a post box in the front foyer which is to be used for any correspondence to be given to your child's class teacher, to the Headteacher, or to the Office, should the office be closed (i.e. if your child is at BSC or ASAC).  This post box will be checked regularly.


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Wansbeck Valley Food Bank - Donations
Dear children, parents, carers and staff of Abbeyfields,

We would like to thank you so much for the donations which have already been received for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank  These have been delivered and they were gratefully received!  Please continue to bring in any donations of non perishable food items that you may wish to make.

We are aware that the Wansbeck Valley Food Trust have experienced a huge demand over the past few months, and were concerned that they could not match the demand.  Fortunately due to the generosity of the local community they did manage to, however this emphasises that there are (sadly) people in our local community who need help all year round.

Please let's continue to show our generosity throughout the year to those in need.  Even small items are valued, and can easily be dropped off on your way in and out of school.  Let's support this worthy cause, and make this an ongoing Abbeyfields priority.

Thank you in anticipation.

51st Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - 6th-8th April 2018
The 51st Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering will be taking place in April.  This is a festival of Northumberland's music, song dance, craft and dialect with concerts, workshops, sessions, barn dance, stories, street shows, stalls, living history, dance displays, bells, competitions, ours and talks. 

There will be arts and crafts competitions for both children and adults including painting, photos needlecraft, models, costumes, sticks, flower etc. There will also be writing and composing competitions including dialect poetry and prose, Standard English short stories, history, plays, songs and tunes.

For more information please visit www.northumbriana.org.uk.

We are once again collecting green milk bottle tops which will be sent to the Children's Ward at Newcastle RVI.  There is a box in the front foyer.  Many thanks.
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 91.3% 94.7%
RM 97.0% 96.2%
1J 97.0% 96.4%
1B 91.0% 96.9%
2S 95.3% 96.3%
2H 94.0% 96.6%
3D 96.8% 98.1%
3C 95.9% 96.1%
4G 93.1% 96.0%
4H 98.1% 97.4%

Total Percentage

94.9%

96.5%

Our winner this week is Mrs Heide's' class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
 
Playground Canopy News!
Thank you to everyone who voted in the Canopy Design Survey.  The results are in:
Berry and Leaves - 14
Sandy Bay - 80
Pea Pod - 20
and the winner was Flower and Fauna with 88 votes!

A site visit will be happening very soon and then the installation date can be arranged.  Exciting stuff!

Mother’s Day Secret Shop
The gifts have arrived for the Mother’s Day shop.  This will be held during school hours so the children can choose gifts for the special ladies in their lives.  This will be on Monday 5th March for years 3 & 4, Tuesday 6th March for years 1 & 2, Wednesday 7th March as a second chance for years 1-4, then Thursday 8th for Reception and Nursery.  Any remaining gifts will be sold after school on Friday 9th.   All gifts will be £3.50.  If your child wants to choose one or more gifts, please send in the correct amount of money in a clearly marked envelope so they can bring it along to the shop on the day.  Thank you!  We always ensure that we have a nice selection of gifts for each day of the sale, so Reception and Nursery parents don’t worry!!

We will also be holding a Spring Disco on Friday 16th March.  This year we will be holding two separate sessions and inviting children from Nursery, Reception and Year 1 from 3.30-5pm then Years 2-4 from 5.30-7pm.  Admission wristbands will be £4 per child including a hot dog, juice and a treat.  We will let you know when tickets go on sale.

We are busy hatching other exciting plans too for the summer term! Watch this space…

As well as trying to fundraise to purchase equipment for the Abbeyfields pupils and enhancing their school environment, the FOAS team also strive to arrange events which our pupils and their families will really enjoy. We would love your ideas and feedback in order to help us put on events which really appeal to our school families. If you have 5 minutes to spare we would love you to drop us an email about what kind of events you and your children would like us to try and organise in the future. Thank you!

We would love some new volunteers to join us in 2018 so if you think you might like to become more involved with FOAS and fundraising for your child’s school, then please get in touch with Beccy Pearson at friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk . Thank you!
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
First of all we want to say a huge well done to all of the children for taking part in the multi-sports festival on Tuesday as they all joined in with fantastic enthusiasm and tried their best in every activity, including fencing, netball, boxing and badminton. In English this week the children have been improving their understanding of spelling rules, including how and when to add suffixes, as well as recapping homophones (e.g. to, two, too).  We have also completed a reading comprehension based on rivers of the world which introduced them to our new topic 'Rivers'.  In Maths we have used money in practical, real-life scenarios thinking about which coins to use and calculating how much change we would get.  In Art we have looked at the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and have created our own art work based on his style.  We are looking forward to our new Friday Fun activities, including Easter crafts.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have come back and dived straight into a lot of hard work.  In English they have been looking at the traditional tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' and retold it using role play.  The children then listened to Roald Dahl's version of the story and discussed the differences and similarities between the two - there were definitely some rather unusual differences!  In Maths they have been looking at activities involving money in which they have investigated the different coins, added values of money, and are now beginning to look at finding the change.  The new topic of 'Volcanoes' has started and the children discussed what they knew about volcanoes already and then looked at vocabulary linked to the topic - see if they can remember any of the words and what they mean.  They have also begun the new science topic of 'Rocks and Soils' and to help with the Science work next week, their homework is all about rocks.  Although it has taken us a number of weeks, the children have come to the end of their Greek pot making.  The pots are now painted and decorated to replicate some of the ones that we saw during the course of our Greek Topic work.  Please feel free to take a look if you are able to​ come along to the Year 3 corridor.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Welcome back to everybody in Year 2.  We have kick started our half term with a fabulous week immersing ourselves in our new Topic all about Katie Morag and the Island of Struay.  In English we have been reading, writing and up-levelling riddles which was LOTS of fun.  In Topic afternoons we had a task to design and make moving playground equipment - set for us by Katie herself who left us a voicemail with the specification!  In Maths we have been using the tens and ones counters to help us with partitioning and two digit addition and subtraction.  Phew, what a busy first week back!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
Year 1 have 'blasted off' into their new Space topic this week.  We began by journeying into our solar system and finding out about the planets that are there.  Why not ask us if we can name them?  Can we order them?  Do we know which is the dwarf planet?  Please look out for the spelling lists and homework suggestions for the coming weeks which we are sending home today.  Appointment times for parental consultations are also attached, if you have not yet made an appointment with your child's class teacher, please contact us and we will be happy to make one for you.  Our PE specialist, Miss Simpson, is back to work with us on Friday, please ensure that your child has a complete PE kit so that they can thoroughly enjoy this physical experience.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We have started our topic about 'Getting Around' with the Rosie's Walk story.  This focuses on positional language such as oninundernext tobetween etc. so the children have been exploring and talking about the best way to describe where an object is.  At home the children could play this game using a favourite toy (e.g. teddy or doll) or vehicle such as a toy car, van or motorbike.  Then ask them "Where is the car?"  The children have to describe it to you using positional words e.g. it is in between the plate and the cup, it is under the table.  When out and about ask the children to explain where objects or people are, "I'm sitting beside ______", "The aeroplane is above the street".  Just create lots of fun ways for the children to show off their knowledge and explain to you where things are.  You could do some recording in your homework book, you could scribe for them some of the words they used or just simply make a comment at the front of the books.  We have also been continuing with addition and trying to hold the 'biggest number' in our heads (REMEMBER IT) then count on.  We often use our fingers to count on the 'smaller number' (0-9).  We've been trying to carry on the count from the biggest number so we don't always have to go back to 1.  8 + 4 = (Remember 8 and hold up 4 fingers, which we often tap on our chin to as we say 9, 10, 11, 12 AND STOP!!!!), then the children write down 12.  Extend to teen numbers and a 1 digit number such as 13 + 7 =.  Note at the minute the smaller number has to be between 0 - 9 for finger counting!  We can't believe it's just the first week back after the holidays. They do work hard in Reception!  Enjoy your weekend.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely half term break.  We have got straight back to business and started our new topic 'Wheels go round' this week.  New planning maps and PLOD sheets have been sent home this week, please complete and return to Nursery as soon as possible.  The children have enjoyed talking about how they travel to school and what they see on their journey.  We have done a great cutting task sorting out vehicles with wheels and no wheels and drawn our favourite wheeled vehicles and toys.  We followed instructions at the painting station to paint a green or a red car.  We have had great fun singing lots of songs about vehicles and journeys - ask us to sing you some at home.  In the hall we had great fun with bean bags; balancing, passing, throwing and catching.  Phew, what a busy week.  The older Nursery children have brought their Learning Journals home this week, we hope you are enjoying sharing them with the children and I'm sure you will be amazed at the progress you see and all their successes and achievements - the children and Nursery staff are certainly impressed and very proud.  Please look after them and return them to Nursery next week.  Our younger children will be taking their journals home in a couple of weeks.  £1.00 voluntary contributions towards Nursery fund would be welcome now, thank you.
ASAC  - News in Brief
After School Club is back in full swing following the break and we are hoping to be outside more than in!  The weather is looking great but I have probably cursed that so we will see!  Please remember the phone number for ASC is 01670 500726.  We'd also like to remind parents and carers that any time past your booked slot will incur a late fee, so please allow plenty of time for your journey to school.  Many thanks for your co-operation with this.
BSC  - News in Brief
Welcome back!  It's lovely to see everyone back with smiles on their faces.  It appears that the children have had a great week off and are ready to start another fun filled half term in BSC.  The children have played with finger knitting, loom bands and craft activities as well as using their gross motor skills in the soft play, ball pool, football, hula hoops and parachute games.  An energetic lot after their week's break!  Our story this week was 'Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar' compiled by John Foster - a collection of  rhymes and poems. Can your child tell you about any of these amusing poems?  A Dibble Dabble Day, Toes, Undertable Land, Giant, The Wobbling Race, Dorothy Porridge or The Sandwich and which one was there favourite?  To be continued next week.  The adults liked these too!
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